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Hoot Recommends: Halloween edition

Stewart Huang: 

Try “Dark Deception,” a first-person horror twist on “Pac-Man” where you are chased by spooky monsters like giant monkeys in elaborate mazes while collecting purple shards. It’s an intense arcade experience that will have you on the edge of the seat the entire time. And it’s quite an addictive and challenging game, featuring various mechanics like teleportation and the ability to stun enemies. The first chapter of the game is free, so you should have no excuse not to try it, unless you’re too scared.


Caroline O: 

(Trigger warning for suicide) 

If you want a spooky show that makes you feel less alone in all the best and worst possible ways, look no further than “The Ghost Detective.” This 32-episode Korean drama is about, you guessed it, the ghost detective Lee Da Il (Choi Daniel) and his partners Jung Yeo Wool (Park Eun Bin), Han Sang Seob (Kim Won Hae) and Gil Chae Won (Lee Joo Young) trying to understand the chilling nature of recent suicides. Early in the show, they discover that each of these suicides were the result of the ghost Sun Woo Hye (Lee Ji Ah) persuading them into doing the deed. Desperate for this to not happen again, our protagonists try to catch the ghost. Given these themes, one would think that this show is equally depressing—but that is not quite the case. Our protagonists learn to quite literally shut out dark thoughts, instead choosing to listen to their own desire to live and, more importantly, live happily. So come here for the spooky Gregorian chants and dead-eyed angry spirits, but stay for the themes of healing and living despite the chances.


Mia Plante: 

I am a huge fan of the classics that can be watched over and over again every year. So obviously I have to recommend “Beetlejuice,” “Hocus Pocus” and the slightly less classic “Jennifer’s Body” for your Halloween viewing. Also I’ve been absolutely obsessed with “The Haunting of Hill House” and its partial sequel the “Haunting of Bly Manor” the past few years. These shows are eerie, involve ghosts and murder, feature some psychological twists and have Victoria Pedretti! What else could you ask for? Finally, I feel compelled to bring up “Dragula,” the weird cousin of Rupaul’s Drag Race that has a new season airing right now. “Dragula” is a drag artistry and performance competition focusing on all things horror and gore as compared to the glamorous side of drag that is traditionally centered in media. On their fourth season, The Boulet Brothers’ “Dragula” is everything you need to inspire a terrifying last minute Halloween costume and may even compel you to pull out some gory stunts on Halloweekend. This show is not for the faint of heart though, as the bottom two contestants of each episode must participate in fear-inducing “exterminations” that have included skydiving, being buried alive and drinking cow’s blood. 


Emma Lichtenstein: 

The best movie to watch during Halloween is “Girl vs. Monster.” This 2012 Disney Channel Original Movie is truly one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, but it leans so deep into the bad that it almost becomes good. Like any Disney movie, the chosen one, Skylar Lewis (Olivia Holt) finds out that her parents are secretly monster hunters—and that it is up to her to save the town from being attacked by an evil creature that’s been accidentally released. Luckily Skylar and her two best friends, because no Disney lead can ever have more than a handful of friends, are on the case. The animation of the monsters is pretty terrible, but that only adds to the tacky charm. The savior of the movie is the soundtrack. Every song is unreasonably catchy. Even though some of them are performed by people who cannot sing—looking at you, Kat McNamara—the tunes will stay stuck in your head forever. I’m embarrassingly into “Had Me @ Hello.” Break out the popcorn and embrace the cheesiness of Disney’s worst Halloween movie! 


Sasha Skarboviychuk: 

Video games and movies are cool and stuff, but let’s turn our attention to the actual best part of Halloween: the candy. During what other time of year is it socially acceptable to eat seven pounds of candy in one evening? You have to love Halloween just for that (unless you’re a monster that doesn’t like candy). So my recommendation for you this Halloween, whether you’re going to watch movies or play video games, is to stock up on your favorite candy and devour it all in one night.

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